CHANNEL 2 SPORTS ZONE FRIDAY GAME OF THE WEEK: TUCKER VS. WARE CO.
I’m about to head over to Hallford Memorial Stadium in Clarkston to call the Class AAAA quarterfinal playoff game between No. 3-ranked Tucker (12-0) and Ware County (10-2). You can catch it on cable TV tonight live at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast 248 or Charter 126 or see the 1 a.m. replay on WSB’s Channel 2.
Let me tell you why you’ll want to tune in. First off, Tucker is a a phenomenal team that is absolutely loaded with stars, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
The Tigers are led by AJC Super 11 linebacker James Vaughters. Vaughters, a 4.o. student who had well over 30 scholarships offers, committed to Stanford this past summer. Here is a link to some 2010 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS of Vaughters in action.
But Vaughters is just one of at least seven college football prospects on the Tucker defense. Nobody does more for the Tigers than safety Chris Sanders. Sanders (6-1, 185), the first commitment in Georgia’s Class of 2011, is a two-way starter who leads the team in interceptions (4) and receiving yards (227) and has scored six touchdowns. He’s also the kick returner and punter.
The Tigers also feature Auburn commitment Justin Garrett (6-2, 185), cornerback/running back N’Quan Maggett (5-9, 165) and DE Ramal Davis (6-2, 210) in addition to several juniors that are being recruited.
“It’s looks like an all-star team on film,” said Ware County coach Ed Dudley, a former Atlanta-area football coach who headed up the programs at Walton and Buford. “They have four or five college linebackers.”
Don’t be fooled by the Gators. They’ve already knocked off Atlanta teams North Clayton and Whitewater to reach the quarterfinals and are perfectly built for playoff football.
Ware County is a running team that controls the ball, plays tough, aggressive defense and wins the kicking game. The Gators feature a pair of running backs in Bernard Robertson and William Golden who have combined for more than 1,800 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns, have given up a paltry 8.5 points per game and have a kicker in Zack Griffin who kicked five field goals against North Clayton in the playoffs.
Ware’s only losses came to Class AAAAA powerhouse Lowndes 3-0 and to Class AAAA playoff participant Brunswick (22-14). They also beat Class AAAAA playoff participant Coffee 31-14 to open the season.
“They’re physical and fast,” Tucker coach Franklin Stephens said. “They have excellent speed defensively. They’re the fastest defense we’ve seen this year — maybe ever.”
The Gators also feature several college recruits. But the player I’m most eager to get a look at is probably not a prospect at all. Defensive tackle Edwin Grant is only 5-7, 175, but he leads his team in sacks (10), tackles for loss (23) and QB pressures (27) and has 95 tackles overall.
So there you have it, a marquee matchup of high school powers from North and South Georgia. It should be a great one. Can’t wait to see how this one comes out. Please join us in finding out.